Flights are Booked!…WHAT???


We booked our flight to Panama! It’s official, we are actually doing this! I’m in a strange fog at the moment. This whole plan has been in the works for such a long time. The research, the planning, the dreaming, the work, work, work ! It’s all culminating in a flight to Panama City on Tuesday, May 28th. Time is flying by fast now. My move is changing so many peoples lives , and although everyone is really happy and supportive , they are very sad to see me go, as am I. It’s unavoidable, everyone knows that. But , there is no way around this period of time. My leaving is a loss to many. We have been in each others lives for a long long time. Even though our relationship consists of seeing each other mostly only once a month it’s still very hard to experience the end, not of the relationship but of the way we are accustomed to experiencing the relationship. Endings are really hard and its especially hard for those who stay when the other leaves.

Now that I’m at the part of my adventure that requires saying goodbye, It’s getting very sad and emotional for me and everyone else. Sigh. Let’s all be grateful for the time we have had together and for what the future may hold. I’m so grateful for each moment I’ve had the honor of sharing with all the people who have sat in my chair or in Natalie and Elisabeth’s chairs! I’ve had the pleasure of spending my days, for so many years, conversing with countless people who I admire, respect and have felt blessed beyond belief to have gotten to know. while I will miss the day to day exchange of conversation with all the wonderful people who I come into contact with in my salon, I am exceedingly grateful for having had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with each and every person I have chatted with . We have talked about books, travel, children, houses,husbands, school, childcare, teenagers,men, men and men,decorating, landscaping, ,work,motherhood,divorce,business,collage,retirement,sports,a bit about hair,death, life,family,marriage, sex,movies,health,animals,grandchildren,hobbies,art, iPads,Kindles,food, and countless other topics. I have LOVED connecting to each and every person who has walked through the door of my little salon . It’s a big part of what defines me. I have really enjoyed styling hair but I must admit I have found the most value and reward in just being in the presence of so many people who I admire. The reward that I find in the people I come into contact with is beyond description. I hope somehow to hold onto and never loose all those connections. Although they must change and even be redefined, they don’t really have to completely come to an end. No, it’s possible to remain connected through the magic of technology! I have finally caved in and joined the Facebook game and my blog will keep everyone updated on all the details of our adventure. For those of you who have access to Facetime on your Apple devices, I will be so pleased to video chat with you! My email will remain the same so please send me emails anytime you think of it. But most of all, I really hope that after we get settled in , you will come to Panama to visit! I know most will not do that but I will still have high hopes for at lease a few visits.

This next few weeks is sure to be pretty emotional so I will make sure to provide a box of Kleenex on my station at the salon for all the tears that will fall from our eyes. I think this is a good time for me to throw away my mascara! Let’s just get this weepy,sad,emotional part over with , shall we! There’s no escaping your “last” appointment and I’m touched by the fact that I am an important part of your life (as you are mine) and that you will miss me. No “Goodbyes”! Just, “See You Soon”! Cheers!


About hollycarter184

Life is Good! But it's time for a change, and more adventure! I'd like to share the whole experience of preparing then actually making a reality of expatriating, and moving to a new country. It's an exciting, and slightly scary move full of possibility . I'm looking forward to learning a new language and making new connections with the people who share our spirit of adventure. This blog is my way of continuing my connection with my friends and family in the States. Sooooo here it goes! :)

12 responses »

  1. Now you are going to make me cry too, thinking of all the life experiences that we have shared over many years… I will miss you, dear, but I am also so happy for you and Scott.

  2. Congratulations Holly and Scott!!! Holly it has been a pleasure to meet you and speak to you every 6 weeks while visiting Natalie! I hope you have a wonderful adventure. Looking forward to reading all about it!!! God bless you!!!

  3. I’ll have my Kleenex handy on my next visit—but it looks like you won’t be there!!!! Oh no—I’ll call reschedule!!

  4. Well it is safe to assume the cats will be travellling also,I am sorry I will miss you by a few days, but thats life. I will come visit in Panama once you have settled in own home and adjusted to all the changes. I will pray that all goes as you wish and you and Scott enjoy every moment of your new way of living.

  5. Wow, I don’t believe this. We are going to CA to see my daughter, and hopefully the new grandson! We could be flying back on the same day as you (It’s on my ToDo list to make travel arrangements this weekend)

  6. Did you buy return ticket or just one way? There seems to be some discrepancy in airlines and what can be done even with those that have Pensionado Visa and Cedula cards.

    • We bought a one way and we are planning to return later in the year to deal with our container so we went ahead and scheduled our return flights (refundable of course) with the idea that we will likely have to get a refund and reschedule those flights because we don’t have a date yet for when we want to come back here. Does that make sense? The biggest issue is of course our cats ( eye role here). Copa airlines won’t let us book them into cargo until five days before travel ! They only allow three pets per flight so we’re hoping there’s not a lot of other dummy’s like us who are traveling with pets . Can you tell I REALLY wish we didn’t have to deal with relocating them? I jest, but it really is causing so much complication for us, oh well. Gotta do what we gotta do! 😁 Getting really excited and really tired of consoling everyone here ! Cheers!!

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